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WST 101f Introduction to Women's Studies
Monday, Wednesday 1:15-2:30 p.m. #1
Tuesday, Thursday 8:35-9:50 a.m. #2
M. Renda T. Burk

(Speaking-intensive) This course introduces the social and historical construction of women and gender from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. We will consider the intersection of gender, race, and class oppression and how these intersections structure sexuality, reproduction and sexual violence. We will explore how gendered bodies are produced by colonial and neocolonial discourses. We will examine the development of feminist theory and its practices in local and international contexts.

WST 200f HISTORY 276F Women in History: U.S. Women since 1890
Tuesday, Thursday 1:15-2:30 p.m.
M. Renda

This course examines the history of women and the cultural construction of gender in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century. How have class, race, and ethnicity shaped the history of women's work, debates over female sexuality, women's work for social change, and representations of women in cultural and political contexts? In what ways has gender contributed to racial consciousness and class formation in the United States? Using primary and secondary material, we will examine "women's experience" in the realms of work, politics, sexuality, and reproduction.

WST 203f (01)/
Feminist Approaches to Literature American Gothic
Monday, Wednesday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
E. Young

An examination of the gothic--a world of fear, haunting, claustrophobia, paranoia, and monstrosity--in American literature and culture, with an emphasis upon issues of race and gender. Topics to include: slavery and the gothic; women's and lesbian gothic; Southern, Northern, and national gothic; freakishness and grotesquerie; visual gothic. Focus on short and long prose fiction,with some film and photography. Authors and artists may include Alcott, Arbus, Browning, Chesnutt, Crane, Dunn, Faulkner, Gilman, Jackson, Jacobs, McCullers, Morrison, Parks, Poe, Romero, and Wideman.

WST 250f Global Feminism
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
A. Bandarage

What is globalization? What are its positive and negative effects on different regions, cultures, social classes, ethnic groups, the sexes, and the environment? How are women resisting against poverty, militarism, and the environmental and cultural destruction accompanying globalization? What alternative visions and models of development are offered by women's movements working for peace, justice, and environmental stability?

WST 333f (01) Emily Dickinson In Her Times
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
M. Ackmann

(Community-based learning course) This course will examine the writing of Emily Dickinson, both her poetry and her letters. We will consider the cultural, historical, and familial environment in which she wrote, with special attention paid to Dickinson's place as a woman artist in the nineteenth century. Students will be asked to complete a community-based learning project in which some aspect of Dickinson's life and work is interpreted for the general public and incorporated into an ongoing display at the Dickinson Homestead. The class will meet at the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst.

WST 333f (02)/
PHIL 350f
Gender, Race and Science
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
K. Barad

This course examines different approaches to understanding the nature of scientific practices. Of central interest will be the diverse accounts offered by feminist studies of science. We will pay particular attention to notions of evidence, methods, cultural and material constraints and the heterogeneous nature of laboratory and theoretical practices. We will consider the ways in which gender, race and sexuality are constructed by science and how these factors influence both scientific practices and our conceptions of science. We will also examine the feminist commitment to taking account of the multifaceted dynamics between science and society without forfeiting the notion of objectivity.

WST 333f (03)/
REL 323f
Feminist Theologies
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
J. Crosthwaite

Mary Daly, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Phyllis Trible and Naomi Goldenberg, among others, have argued that traditional Jewish and Christian theological systems have overlooked the needs, concerns, histories and contributions of women. Their challenges range from the historical modification of a presumably unbiased religious system to the outright rejection of a so-called patriarchal establishment. Whatever their approach, feminist theologies offer diverse and incisive tools for understanding how a theological system operates, how transitory cultural assumptions become embedded in ongoing doctrines and how apparently minor adjustments can have significant ripple effects.

WST 333f (04) Globalization and Fundamentalism
Wednesday 1:15-3:05 p.m.
A. Bandarage

The worsening problems of global environmental and social destruction, including the oppression of women, are frequently attributed either to economic and cultural globalization or ethno-religious fundamentalism. However, in what ways do globalization and fundamentalism reinforce each other? What theories and social movements provide more balanced alternatives to the extreme models of psychological and social development represented by both these forces? This course will seek answers to these questions in relation to case studies of ethno-religious as well as gender, race, and class struggles from both the Northern industrialized and impoverished Southern countries.

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